Milestones and new beginnings … Leisure crowd and hip-hoppers … Rooms with
a view …
Marking a milestone this year is the four-star Gulf Gate Hotel. Its first 365 days have seen better ones and bigger profits, thanks to the hotel’s distinguished business philosophy, remarkable management style, and the staff’s enviable team spirit.
J. L. Paul, Gulf Gate’s indefatigable GM, reports a 70 per cent occupancy rate and that 50 per cent of the guests are actually repeat customers.
So, what clicks and ticks in the Gulf Gate? Guests, according to J. L. Paul, are bowled over by the hotel’s very relaxing atmosphere, highly personalised service, and rooms with unbeatable sea view, the most spectacular yet in the island.
Gulf Gate has 125 beautifully refurbished rooms and most are on the seafront, overlooking the panoramic Arabian Gulf .
Pleasure begins in The Pavilion, the bistro-style restaurant renowned for superb poolside (with the most stunning swim pool), dinner buffet, and a la carte menu. Virtuoso music emanates from the strings and keyboards of irrepressible duo, Romantica.
Arabic and International flavours are the 24-hour attractions of the hotel’s café, Al Qahawah, and in Shaminaya, enchanting Mujra dances and the finest Mughlai cuisine await the diners.
The leisure crowd gathers at Wendy’s, a cosy tropical lounge renowned for exotic beverages and relaxing mood music.
Which night creature wouldn’t be dazzled by Tameem’s. Bahrain ’s chic crowd and hip-hoppers give Tameem’s their “two thumbs up” for being the hippest disco joint in this part of the world.
Bahrain’s booming tourism industry has added new jewels in its crown, the Bahrain Phoenicia Hotel and the Al Commodore Hotel.
The four-star Phoenicia straddles elegantly along scenic King Faisal Highway and since its opening, has been impressing guests with splendid rooms with a view.
Who wouldn’t be charmed by the Arabian Gulf , glorious at sunrise, magnificent at sunset? On a clear day, the turquoise waters flutter like a shimmering gossamer fabric. Guests in Phoenicia find this vantage view so irresistible that curtains are drawn wide open in most rooms most of the time.
The spanking new Phoenicia takes pride in its 64 rooms and 16 suites, scrupulously furnished according to high international standards.
Making the traveller’s stay all the more congenial are the hotel’s fully equipped business centre, ultra modern fitness facilities, a rooftop swim pool with piped-in music and poolside amenities, ample parking space, and round-the-clock room and laundry services.
There’s the cosy and unpretentious Al Nawras, a café where brisk business is gauged by the bustle of human activity – light banter and trading of notes, and pleasantry over cups of tea or coffee. The splendid menu makes the café worth a visit.
Nightlife sizzles in the chic Layali Al-Sharq, where explosive Arabic entertainment takes place after dark. Phoenicia takes the superb credit for an eclectic gathering of singers and musicians, considered amongst the best and brightest in the Arab entertainment world.
Phoenicia is the crossroad of Arabic talents and artistry – Bahraini, Egyptian, and Moroccan – fused harmoniously to render an amalgam of Arabic music, as varied and as wide-ranging as the tastes and preferences of its Pan-Arab habitués. Arabian nights are indeed enthralling in this newest Arab joint.
The new Al Commodore is of course being swarmed by a retinue of guests and visitors who have come to try it out. There are 48 rooms and three suites, a health club replete with gym facilities, Jacuzzi, sauna room, and sun-deck swim pool.
Serving a la carte menu is the speciality restaurant, Dynasty. This new dining place is fast gaining popularity for its fine International cuisine and high-voltage entertainment by resident showband, Illusions.
Businessmen cap a day’s work in Al Commodore’s executive lounge, Pink Panther, sensational with its pink motif and relaxation amenities.
Top-flight Arabic entertainment captivates nightly in Al Carawan with the internationally renowned Egyptian band, Al Ajna Al Dahabiya.
After-dark revellers dance the night away in the newest downtown discotheque, La Bamba, where DJ Sadique spins the evening crowd’s favourites.
Making waves at the five-star Diplomat are the best-loved Pasta Fondue Night, Mondays, and the immensely popular Surf & Turf, Wednesdays.
Italian food lovers get to savour pasta with a twist, a personal choice of authentic Italian sauces cooked to perfection by Veneziano’s fussiest gourmets, the Italian chefs themselves.
The freshest grilled fish and seafood, and succulent, mouth-watering steaks go on parade with Surf & Turf in Al Warah. The diners are having a grand feast.
Third Corner recently opened in the heart of Adliya with elegant venues, namely Bistro Tambayan, Vintage Room, and Acropolis. The posh Third Corner has three levels of luxurious interiors, perfect settings to dine and unwind in style. First-rate Oriental and Continental cuisines spring from its busy kitchens, where talented chefs rule with grace and ingenuity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Phoenicia Tower Hotel Manama is conveniently located near the city center. Guests will surely appreciate our close location to the airport, which is just a 7-minute drive away. It offers luxury-oriented accommodations, all of which have individually controlled air-conditioning, a private toilet and shower with bathtub, cable TV, and Internet access. Some of its amenities are swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, and fitness room/gym. While staying here you can visit some tourist spots like Manama Fort, National Museum, and Al-Khamis Mosque. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phoenicia Tower Hotel Bahrain/Manama